Panagia Pammakaristos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc. (Lawsonville, NC)

NOTE: This information is taken from http://stnektariosmonastery.tumblr.com/page/47

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Panagia Pammakaristos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc. is a North Carolina Corporation filed on September 11, 1998. The company’s File Number is listed as 0470428.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Tsirigotis, Dimitrios (Geronda Nektarios) and is located at 1631 Creasey Road Lawsonville, NC 27022. The company’s mailing address is 1631 Creasey Road Stokes County Lawsonville, NC 27022.

Geronda Ephraim and Geronda Nektarios
Geronda Ephraim and Geronda Nektarios

In 1998, Elder Ephraim took 3 monks originally from the St. John the Theologian brotherhood of Picton, Ontario—they were seeking refuge at the time in Florence, AZ until they could find their own monastery—and transplanted them to Lawsonville, NC where he had recently purchased a 120-acre property in order to establish the  Panagia Pammakaristos Monastery. These monks—Nektarios, Theophanes and Dionysios—were all originally from Toronto, Canada. The latter was a convert to Orthodoxy who was baptized in December 1996 at St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Monastery in Picton, Ontario (This monastery closed down in the Spring of ’97 after the brotherhood moved to St. Anthony’s Monastery).

Aerial view of the 120-acre monastery property.
Aerial view of the 120-acre monastery property.

Fr. Nektarios was chosen as the abbot. Earlier that year, Elder Ephraim had tonsured Fr. Nekatrios (Demetrios) before Fr. Theophanes (Anastasios)—despite the fact that Fr. Theophanes was a senior monk in rank by a couple of years to Fr. Nektarios. After the establishment of Panagia Pammakaristos, some of the older fathers stated this was a foreshadowing of future events. Fr. Nektarios was later ordained at the Holy Archangels Monastery in Texas. Also, Fr. Theophanes mother was a nun at Holy Protection Monastery at the first property in Weatherly, PA. Geronda Ephraim gave her the name Theophano.

Fr. Theophanes walking along the path.
Fr. Theophanes walking along the path.

Initially, Geronda Nektarios also had the task to liturgize at the 2 Florida monasteries and would rotate each Sunday. One of his disciples said that this was similar to his original spiritual Father, Geronda Joseph Voutsas, when he was abbot of St. John the Theologian Monastery. Geronda Joseph rotated each Sunday between his own monastery in Picton, as well as the two female monasteries in Bolton and Quebec. Today, Geronda Joseph is the abbot of St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.

Geronda Joseph Voutsas, Abbot of St. Nektarios Monastery, Roscoe, NY.
Geronda Joseph Voutsas, Abbot of St. Nektarios Monastery, Roscoe, NY.

Fr. Dionysios returned to the world in late 2007 after 10 years of living the monastic life. After a year or so of listening to George Noory’s Coast to Coast radio show (which he recorded nightly during the church service and listened to after the service) and reading David Icke and other similar books that were being smuggled to him, he no longer believed orthodoxy was the absolute truth and became convinced that Christianity was a lie. He altogether lost his faith in Christianity well over a year before his departure from the monastery. Having a conflict of conscience, i.e. essentially being an agnostic with inclinations towards extraterrestrial origins and yet going through the motions of the monastics life with this mindset for over a year, he compelled himself to leave after talks occurred about possibly ordaining him to the priesthood.

Simandron.
Simandron.

Though this incident created a little hiccup in the smooth functioning of the monastery, he was soon replaced by a novice from Arizona.

Panagia Pammakaristos Icon, Feast Day (2008).
Panagia Pammakaristos Icon, Feast Day (2008).

The Monks have recreated Arizona in North Carolina: Lemons, olives, cacti

Cacti
Cacti
Cacti (Guest quarters in the distance).
Cacti (Guest quarters in the distance).

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